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The cast of Hulu’s Dopesick continues to impress.
Michael Stuhlbarg, fresh off Showtime’s Your Honor, has boarded the star-studded cast of the Hulu limited series that tackles the opioid crisis.
Based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name, the eight-episode drama from Danny Strong (Recount, Game Change) “takes viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community to the hallways of the DEA, and to the opulence of “one percenter” Big Pharma Manhattan. The unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the various affected families and their intersecting stories hold up a mirror to where America is right now, while shining a hopeful light on the heroes battling the worst drug epidemic in American history.”
Michael Keaton (Spotlight) stars as Samuel Finnix, an old-school doctor who finds himself embroiled in Big Pharma’s deadly secret. Stuhlbarg will play Richard Sackler, the son of Purdue Pharma founder Raymond Sackler and nephew of famed medical advertising guru Arthur Sackler, Richard oversaw the development and marketing of OxyContin.
Stuhlbarg joins a cast that also includes Peter Sarsgaard, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Rosario Dawson, John Hoogenakker, Philippa Soo, Jake McDorman, Ray McKinnon and Cleopatra Coleman.
Empire co-creator Danny Strong is penning the scripts and serves as showrunner. Barry Levinson (Rain Man) is set to direct. Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale) will exec produce alongside John Goldwyn and book author Beth Macy. The series hails from 20th Television.
Dopesick will premiere in 2021.
Stuhlbarg returns to Hulu after he co-starred in the streamer’s 2018 miniseries The Looming Tower. His credits include Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, The Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name. He’s repped by ICM and Viking Entertainment.
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